Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Thank Health Minister Elliott and Premier Ford for heeding the evidence and listening to RNAO on SIS & OPS

On Oct. 22, Minister of Health Christine Elliott announced that the province will allow sites offering supervised injection services (SIS) and overdose prevention services (OPS) to continue to operate and expand. The decision follows a government review of the evidence of these sites, as first announced in the summer.

RNAO is pleased that Minister Elliott recognized the robust evidence that these services play as an important part of a comprehensive response to opioid use, and concluded that SIS and OPS are effective and save lives. We are also pleased that she communicated this to Premier Doug Ford, and that the health minister and premier have decided to allow current clinics to continue on permanent basis, as well as open new ones.

Over 3,200 people responded to RNAO’s action alerts urging the government to immediately approve and fund existing and new SIS and OPS so that access to these life-saving services could continue.

Sign our action alert today to thank Premier Ford and Minister Elliott for heeding the evidence and listening to nurses and other health professionals, people with lived experience, and members of the public about the importance of these services.

Copies will be sent to:

  • Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
  • Hon. Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Robin Martin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
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